Five Political Essay Topics
1. Foundation of the Separation of Church and State
- Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
- Assassination attempt of King James I and Members of Parliament because of the repression of Catholics by the ruling Protestant regime.
- The influence of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes on the US Founding Fathers, notably Presidents Jefferson and Monroe interpretations of the separation of secular and non-secular institutions.
2. The Subversion of the US Constitution by the Government
- The premise of the Constitution and the associated Bill of Rights is to limit the power of the government and that the government exists by the consent of the governed.
- The usurpation of rights by an ever-more powerful government constitutes tyranny.
- Individual freedom is sacrificed for the illusion of government-ensured security.
- Contrast and compare with the Patriot Act
3. Taxation with Representation
- The Mast Tree Riots of New Hampshire and the Boston Tea Party in protest of the English government-mandated taxes.
- The first direct tax - payable only in hard currency - the Stamp Act was mandated by a government deeply in debt.
- The Declaratory Act, which asserted England's right to rule and tax the Colonies.
- Compare with the protests of the current Tea Party movement in the US today.
4. Freedom of Speech on the Air
- Radio Free Europe was established to counter the government-controlled airwaves behind the Iron Curtain.
- Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe still exist today
- From inception, RFE/RL was funded and supervised by the CIA. Funding from the CIA ceased in 1972 -- Compare and contrast the current proposal for US government-controlled radio broadcasts by the provisions in the so-called Fairness Doctrine and the proposed Broadcaster Freedom Act.
5. Is Congress Cooking the Books?
- There are several budgets currently used by the US government to determine spending and deficits.
- Omissions of significant expenditures which lead to confusion at the least and constitute criminal embezzlement at the most.
- Explain and discuss the various accounting methods used including unfunded mandates, and “lock box” trust funds.
- Compare and contrast with Ponzi schemes.